Pay attention to the tension in your body. Let go of it and any expectations to do anything, but God’s will today. Prepare yourself to hear God’s word.
17 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became bright as light. 3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will set up three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 8 And when they raised their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
This past Christmas, my husband and I gave our small toddler a teepee. She adores it, and when she sees it, she says, “House! House! House!” In a humorous way, this now reminds me of Peter in this story of the transfiguration.
Peter shows a child-like faith in this moment. “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (vs. 4) Here we have this incredible heaven-meets-earth experience (who can even imagine what this must have been like?!), and the first thing Peter wants to do is build a shelter for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. Who can blame him for wanting to stay there on the mountaintop? But I chuckle to myself as I imagine Peter’s “shelter” that he would build for God is probably equivalent to the cloth teepee I just bought on Amazon for my one-year-old.
But Jesus doesn’t rebuke Peter. Peter shows a genuine response of love and a desire to abide with His Lord and the fathers of faith. I thank God that he accepts me in my child-like moments of faith and wants me to come to him. He doesn’t laugh at or reject my cloth teepee, but invites me into the heaven-meets-earth experience to abide with him.
Jesus, thank you for accepting my acts of child-like faith. Grow my faith in maturity, yet help me to keep the pure and innocent faith that simply longs to be in your presence. May I always want to come to you, like a toddler, and abide in your house forever. Amen.
Go with God.
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